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"Dracula" - Some facts about the new musical

1: The original libretto (musical plot, script and lyrics - original pre-music lyric structures for all songs) for this new Dracula musical was written  by Gareth Evans. The original score has been written by Christopher J. Orton. Orchestration is by the noted composer, producer and musical director, Ian Lynn.


2: This musical is a genuinely new adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic gothic novel, "Dracula". The main protagonists and central plot action of Stoker's novel are faithfully represented within the original musical interpretation of this work (Libretto and Score).


3: The musical has two acts and there are twenty-five original numbers in the complete show, which has a cast of twelve - fifteen players, depending on which version is presented.

 


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4: The professional concept recording of this new work has been produced. The concept CD of the most recent, professionally written, Dracula musical features leading West End musical theatre performers. The album includes 17 orchestrated tracks from the show. The role of "Dracula" is performed by Michael McCarthy on the album.

 

5: In 2007, Sang de Vie Productions Ltd. produced the professionally directed, and now acclaimed, video of "Within My World" from the show. The video continues to be broadcast on Television across Europe and can also be seen on the internet.

 

6: The musical was restructured and further developed during 2009. More numbers have been recorded. Further news will follow in due course.

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Brief History of the Musical

The musical "Dracula" has taken a number of years to reach the present stage of development. After extensive research had been conducted by the lyricist in 1999 / 2000 (including the use of references to Stoker's original notes for the novel), the initial lyric structures for some of the proposed songs and the outline of the musical plot were written. The first version of the complete libretto had been produced by 2003 and has subsequently been further improved. (see Creative Team page for more background)
Christopher J. Orton and Gareth Evans began working together on the project in 2004, when Christopher began setting the libretto to his original music and to create the score for the work.
After the lyricist and composer had recorded some demo material of their work in 2004, and following some private cast readings of scenes, an opportunity arose to produce a professional concept recording of the show. This process began in 2005 after the noted composer, arranger and musical director, Ian Lynn, agreed to orchestrate the work.
The album features the leading West End musical theatre performer, Michael McCarthy, singing the title role.
The UK Theatre Magazine, What's On Stage, published a very positive review of the Dracula concept album in its December 2006 issue. Recently, a track from the album was played on national radio. That was on the Elaine Paige show on BBC Radio 2.
A further album of the complete Dracula musical is planned and that process will begin during 2009.
The producers of the album are Sang de Vie Productions Ltd. They can be contacted via their website.

THE  DRACULA  MUSICAL  CONCEPT  ALBUM

Dracula - The Musical

By Orton, Evans & Lynn

The Concept Album

Featuring ...

 Seventeen original tracks

 Seventy minutes of music

with

Michael McCarthy as Dracula

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SOUND  OF  MUSIC

Essen - GERMANY

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CD BABY

America - USA

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DRESS  CIRCLE

London - UK

Sample Track - "Never To Die" : WMA File

Review quotes from the December issue of WHAT'S ON STAGE - The UK Theatre Magazine :

"...A powerful new Gothic musical that remains faithful to the original novel"

"The songs deliver just the right measure of dramatic passion to get the blood pumping"

" ... Michael McCarthy hitting all the right notes in the title role"

"This 70 minute CD has already gathered a battalion of fans"

"...has enough dramatic bite to keep you listening well beyond moonrise"

The Editor - What's On Stage Magazine.

The producers of the album are Sang de Vie Productions Ltd. They can be contacted via their website.

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Recent Comments from the Dracula Musical Profile at MySpace:-

* Please, BRING THIS ON BROADWAY IN AMERICA!!! I love the album so much!!!

* I love the music. I became an instant fan!

* It's tough getting a show the recognition it deserves but sounds like you deserve it.

* I LOVE the CD!!!!  I hope you get it staged soon... And when it comes to the U.S. I want to sing Mina!

  I'm really impressed! You guys did such a great job on it!

* Dracula is fantastic.

* I was immediately enchanted with the music. It's wonderful.

* I love the songs and can't wait to see the show.

* Superb musical arrangements, the instrumentation is top class.

* I am so EXCITED to see someone was actually smart enough to peruse this!!!

* Ah what I wouldn't do to be in that orchestra.

  Your love of music and orchestration really shows in the power of your songs.

* All songs paint a picture and tell a story but when that song can make tears fall from your eyes, that's magic.

  Your songs are magic.

* Truly. This really is a work of art... everyone involved should rightly be proud

* I have intense anticipation to see this musical and get my hands on this CD.

* I love the music. I hope the musical comes to Germany next year!

 

*The Dracula Musical has a MySpace profile.
At the moment you can listen to the complete album versions of "Within My World" (which is not the same as the short version you can hear on the Dracula website), "Never To Die", "Those Dreams of Long Ago" and the "Dracula Overture".
If you are a member of MySpace, please link to us.
Visit the DRACULA  MUSICAL  MY SPACE PROFILE

See the Dracula Musical Website Index for related links and credits

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Copyright

Book and Lyrics by Gareth Evans. Music by Christopher J. Orton. Orchestration & All Additional Music by Ian Lynn.

Copyright © and P 2000 - 2010 by Gareth Evans. Copyright © and P 2004 - 2010 Christopher J. Orton / Ian Lynn.

The concept album of the musical, “Dracula”, is produced by Sang de Vie Productions Ltd.

Dracula. Copyright © and P 2006-2010 by Sang de Vie Productions Ltd. All rights reserved.

All forms of reproduction of any part of this recorded work are strictly prohibited by law.